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Baseline: Microsoft's Tipping Point

Mar 10, 2004, 20:30 (21 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kim S. Nash)

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"As hackers continue to take shots at Microsoft business software, you'd think companies would analyze what it would cost to move other operating systems, such as Unix, Solaris or Linux.

"But calculating the expense of such a move costs money as well. Cendant Hotel Group, which runs about 1,850 Windows servers, understands this. The hospitality-industry firm periodically calculates the cost to switch its 3,700 Linux servers to Windows. Last time around, 18 months ago, the expected tab was $3 million...

"One of the reasons the tab for running Windows is so high: the expected cost of dealing with attacks by hackers on the Windows operating system and related software. Those costs are thought to be more onerous than those for the Linux operating system, Chugg says..."

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